Beginning Soloing: Hum It, Then Play It

Beginning soloing

Want to start soloing on your electric guitar? 

I’ve just finished a series for beginners on how to do just that. My intro video tells you what you’ll need (slinky strings, a decent ear, etc.). Then forge ahead with one lesson on each of the common modes: Ionian, Aeolian, Mixolydian and Dorian. Don’t let the Greek names intimidate you; they are just a convenient way to divide things up into four different musical “feels”: bright, dark, bluesy and jazzy. First I’ll hum a note (or several), then you hum it. Then we try to find it on the guitar neck and play it to a simple backing track. To me, this is what being a musician is all about: “Singing” through your instrument. (Click here to purchase the four backing tracks and PDFs for this series—just $3.95!)

I’ve also added two more Road Licks, this time from the town of Pak Chong near a famous national park in Thailand (where you can sometimes see wild elephants!). First is the funk riff at the beginning of “Cut The Cake” by the Average White Band (1975). Second is the intro strum to “Listen to the Music” by the Doobie Brothers.

Be Funky,

—Dave

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